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Cavaliers stave off elimination — again

CLEVELAND — Go ahead, back them into a corner. Call them names. Write them off. The Cavaliers don’t care. For the fourth time in two years, Cleveland fought off elimination in the NBA Finals by winning just when it appeared their season was over. On Friday night, the Cavs turned anger ...

Indians’ comeback falls short vs. White Sox

CLEVELAND — David Holmberg had gone two years between victories. The wait was worth it Saturday night. Holmberg allowed two runs in five innings for his first win since July 30, 2015 and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-3. The left-hander (1-0) hadn’t won since ...

Pirates finally get big hit in late rally

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates spent most of Saturday looking for a big hit to break through against the Miami Marlins. They finally got it in the seventh, when Jordy Mercer hit a tying two-run triple and John Jaso followed with a go-ahead double, lifting Pittsburgh to a 7-6 victory. Mercer’s ...

Stopping the sweep

CLEVELAND — Golden State’s perfect postseason is over. Cleveland’s coming back again. Just like last year, the NBA Finals are at 3-1 after four games. LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and the Cavs broke scoring records while outperforming the NBA’s ...

OSU hires former Butler coach

COLUMBUS — Butler basketball coach Chris Holtmann will replace Thad Matta as the head coach at Ohio State, the school announced Friday morning. Ohio State said Holtmann, the reigning Big East coach of the year, will be paid about $3 million a year under an eight-year deal, but details still ...

Encarnacion, Kluber lead Tribe past White Sox

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona made a blunt assessment Friday afternoon over the way his team has played this season. “We have not been very good to date — that’s the understatement of the year,” he said before the Indians took on the Chicago White ...

Check out Go-Kart track in Mahoning

All race car drivers must start somewhere, whether they end up in NASCAR, IndyCar or at Sharon Speedway. Most got their start in Go-Kart racing, and the good news is there is a go-kart track in the area. One of the best kept secrets — unfortunately — to local race fans is go-kart racing ...

James OK with Golden State adding Durant

CLEVELAND — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge. James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the NBA has seen before. And although he’s on the cusp of ...

Penguins roll to within one win of repeat

PITTSBURGH — The night started with a catfish throw. It ended with haymaker after haymaker — both literal and proverbial — from the ever resilient Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending champions provided an emphatic and repeated reminder of what makes them such a difficult out in a 6-0 ...

Marlins clobber Pirates, 7-1

PITTSBURGH — Edinson Volquez followed his no-hitter by pitching seven scoreless innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Thursday night. Volquez (3-7) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked two while winning his third straight start. He helped the Marlins ...

3-and-uh-0

CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant drained the shot of his professional life — a 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left — and scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of postseason perfection and payback by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night to ...

Cavs plan no changes for Game 3

CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t changing his game, Tyronn Lue isn’t changing his lineup. The Cavaliers aren’t slowing down. Defiant — and some might argue delusional — in the face of a 2-0 deficit to the postseason-perfect Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the defending ...

Penguins return home tied

PITTSBURGH — The goals that came so easily to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final — the ones that arrived in bunches and seemed to signal an emphatic end to Pekka Rinne’s spectacular playoff run — have disappeared. Across six periods in ...

Indians, Pirates both lose

DENVER — Rookie pitcher Antonio Senzatela hit a three-run double and Mark Reynolds homered twice to drive in five runs, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Cleveland Indians 11-3 Tuesday night. Carlos Gonzalez also hit a home run for the Rockies. After Mike Clevinger (2-3) intentionally ...

Fan Appreciation at Sharon Speedway

HARTFORD — A celebration of dirt-track racing and fun for the whole family will be the focus when Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing sponsors the annual Steel Valley Thunder Fan Appreciation Night at Sharon Speedway on Saturday. Racing fans and families are invited to enjoy free admission to the ...

Crosby scores early, but Penguins lose 4-1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Pittsburgh Penguins needed more from their stars. They got more, just not nearly enough against Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators. Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in the Stanley Cup Final in eight years, but the Predators beat Pittsburgh 4-1 on Monday night ...

Brown makes return to Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Mike Brown happily slid into his normal seat to coach Steve Kerr’s left for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. For the first time in weeks the Warriors were whole again. Brown has moved before — not always so willingly — and over the next few days he’ll return to a familiar ...

Cavs in familiar position in series

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals. Rather than reach back to last year’s championship comeback for a confidence boost, James’ focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change ...

Out at OSU

COLUMBUS — Thad Matta is out as Ohio State’s basketball coach, with the Buckeyes having missed the last two NCAA Tournaments amid an exodus of players. Matta, who has coached the team for 13 seasons, also cited his health at a news conference Monday. He has been troubled for years by ...

More of the same

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry dribbled every which way and beat LeBron James to the rim in a move reminiscent of his recent MVP magic, and the Golden State Warriors grabbed a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals by downing the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 Sunday night in coach Steve Kerr’s return to ...